A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who broke into a Siloam Springs pawn shop over the weekend, stealing 35 guns in the process, according to the Siloam Springs Police Department.
The owner of the M&M Pawn Shop on West U.S. Highway 412 in Siloam Springs discovered the firearms were missing and a window was broken early Sunday morning at the shop. The police were called, and it was determined an assortment of 35 handguns, shotguns and rifles had been stolen, police said.
The suspects gained entry to the shop by breaking the window and removing a protective metal grate, said Brenda Balk with the Siloam Springs Police Department.
The shop’s alarm system was not tripped during the suspected commercial burglary. No one has been arrested.
"This is the case we are working right now," said Capt. Geoff Lewis with the Siloam Springs Police Department. "All of our detectives are working on this case. It is our priority."
Jason Herron, gun owner and Siloam Springs resident, said he hopes crimes such as these do not put gun owners in a false negative light.
"I think it's an absolute shame because for gun lovers, gun people like me, it just brings more heat down for people like us," Herron said.
Lewis said police are investigating a few leads, and he encouraged anyone with information to call the Siloam Springs Police Department at 479-524-4118.